Combined School of Design Trip to Hamburg

Ref: 10002731


Interior Design , Product Design and Design Crafts students, enrolled on the following modules are eligible to participate in this opportunity: CULT1500, CULT1100, CULT2100, CULT1800, CULT2800, INTD2300, DESC1004 and DESC2004.

The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 45 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 20. DMU staff will be accompanying the group. DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Hamburg is recognised for its architectural, cultural commercial & social regeneration in particular in the HafenCity area. The city boasts an abundance of culture and history and is known for its many museums, art galleries, churches, design studios, public spaces and retail environments. Students will have an opportunity to engage with Hamburg’s rich architecture and cultural history and take inspiration from the museums, art galleries and surroundings to aid research, concept development and support their studies as a whole.

The students will take part in organised visits to a number of Museums and cultural sites including Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall designed by well-known architects Herzog & de Meuron, the building includes a raised plaza which provides views across the city’s harbour and skyline allowing students a visual understanding of what the City has to offer.

The Museum der Arbeit (Museum of Work) which examines industrial, technical and social history and discusses changes in work & living over the last 150 years and the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe (MK&G) this interdisciplinary museum is characterised by comprehensive collections of Graphic Design, Poster Art, Photography, Fashion and Textiles and includes a series room sets which offer an insight into a fascinating variety of historic interior design.

The City of Hamburg includes some great opportunities to experience product design, crafts, lighting and furniture most notably in the Chilehaus, which symbolises Hamburg’s economic recovery after World War I and became one of the city’s flagship buildings. The students will have the opportunity to explore this 10 storey iconic building which includes retail, café and office spaces. Another example can be found in the stilwerk which opened at Hamburg’s fish market.

As part of the trip we hope to visit the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences to meet with staff and students from the design and media department and share experiences which could lead to future international collaboration.

Cultural activities

Students may also choose to visit other places of cultural interest along Hamburg’s museum mile. At the northern end, close to the main station, Hauptbahnhof Nord, is the venerable Kunsthalle, housing one of Europe’s largest art collections. At the southern end is the Deichtorhallen, two 19thcentury market halls transformed into exhibition venues for contemporary art and photography.

Other alternative places of interest are the Ecumenical Forum building designed by Wandel Lorch Architects, and other examples of contemporary art such as the Hamburger Kunsthalle; this striking cubist structure is home to the institution’s Galerie der Gegenwart, which houses an ever-changing selection of contemporary art, from 1960s pop art through to the present day.

Travel and accommodation

The faculty will book travel and accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the German immigration requirements.

EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Germany and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 25 February 2019
  • Return date: Friday 1 March 2019
  • Overall estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £330
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food & drink, cultural activities, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am